– Zoe Billingham, HM Inspector of Constabulary
Domestic abuse is a very serious crime, as the tragic cases of Maria Stubbings, Christine Chambers, her two-year-old daughter Shania and Jeanette Goodwin demonstrate. And it's absolutely vital the police get the handling of these cases right for victims.
Essex Police should be recognised for taking the positive step of asking for this issue to be reviewed, and the force has taken a number of important steps to address how domestic abuse cases are handled.
However, there is still more work to do to ensure that victims get the best possible service from their force.
Essex Police, which failed four murder victims, has been criticised over their handing of domestic violence cases in a report by the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.